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International Orange!

International Orange! by Firewater
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Bloodshot Records
The "world punk" band put its money where its ears are on album seven. Inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings, Orange waxes political in Firewater's trademark theatrically surly, post-punk Waitsian way. The lyrical stories are compelling, if not so much Spring-like sparkplug as drawlingly sardonic and, at times, thick with irony (the performative "Ex-Millionaire Mambo"). The real activism is in the music, which hops geo-political borders and cultural boundaries in a whirlwind tour of Turkish frame drums and Gypsy horns, bhangra kitsch and dubby Afro-pop, smoky cabaret and village wedding band.
Rachel Devitt

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